I rescued an adult male kitty last week from Houston Animal Control. I was told he had been left to fend for himself, in the coldest temps we've had in years. Thank goodness someone realized his dilema and brought him into animal control. The poor guy was thin as a rail, and both his ears had been frostbitten. They were shriveled and hard when I got him. A few days later, a separation showed up where his ears are attached to his head. One of the ears is now 3/4 detached, and the other one is less than 1/4 detached. Any day now, he will lose both his ears all the way down to his head. The poor boy will have no protection at all for his ear canals, and who knows how it will affect his hearing. He is eating like a pig, and is getting some of his body fat back. Soon he will look like a real cat, though earless, and be looking for his forever home, someone to be his angel and keep him indoors and safe and with a full tummy.
Folks don't realize all of the bad things that can happen to animals when they are left to fend for themselves. Frostbite and starvation is just part of a long list. There are not always kind neighbors around to look out for these abandoned pets. Especially in the winter, there is not much food around for them, maybe a few shrews. Thanks to all you wonderful people who watch out for stray pets and care for them.